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Wheat and Weeds

Last weekend we heard the Gospel of Jesus teaching the crowds through the parable of the sower. Again today, Jesus teaches the crowds with three more parables. Let us look at the first of the three today. He begins by describing how the kingdom of heaven is comparable to again a sower who sows wheat seeds during the day. At night, without the sowers knowledge, an enemy comes along and plants weeds in the field as well. Then as it becomes close to harvest, the slaves notice that weeds had been planted and they wanted to pick them out, but the farmer, being wise, lets them grow together and will harvest both later.

     Many biblical scholars agree that the weed mentioned in this parable is darnel. Darnel is a wheat look-a-like that is highly toxic and only distinguishable from wheat at the time of harvest. So when they realized their was weeds why didn't they pull them out? They didn't pull it out because it looked exactly like wheat and they did not want to risk pulling o…

The Soil of the Heart

I am sure if you were to ask any of my friends if I am a good at texting or responding to emails I am positive you would get an overwhelming reply of "absolutely not."It is not that I hate texts or emails it is just a fact that I am a slow at responding.  I will normally see an email or text at one point and either not respond thinking I will respond later, or just end up forgetting about it. If, in the cases I do respond, my answers are not the most engaging, emotion filled or add much to the conversation.This would definitely come off surprising knowing how, like many other teens and young adults, much time I spend on my phone.

A Request For Charlie Gard

I normally do not do posts like this, however, in this case I found it necessary to continue to draw attention to this story, and to ask for your help in prayers for this particular child and family.

      You may or may not of heard about the child, Charlie Gard. He is an 11-month old baby, who has MDS,  mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome. This is a syndrome where the mitochondria of some cells, are not producing the energy needed for the cell. In turn, some cells do not operate as the should which especially affects the brain, lungs and heart. Charlie, who was placed on a breathing machine, is the 16th person in the world to be diagnosed with this syndrome, that has no cure. However, there are some experimental treatments that could improve his case.

     Charlie became internationally known when the Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), in London, refused to let Charlie leave the hospital multiple times. Back in April of this year, GOSH went to the courts to get permission to tur…

Daily Prayer

My Heavenly Father,

I arise today filled with the gift of life that you have given me, thank you.
Thank you for allowing me to live today for another chance to serve you and your people more.

I offer up this day, Jesus, and leave it in your care, knowing that everything is guided by your will and divine providence.

Throughout today Lord, I ask that you may be with me. That...

...When I face difficulty today,  I may be given the gift of wisdom and right judgment to be able to figure out a balanced solution.

... When I am sad, that I may find sincer joy in you.

...When I am happy and something good happens, that I may not forget about you, Lord, and be filled with gratitude.

...When I am challenged or criticized, I may take it with grace and see it as a chance to improve.

...When people annoy me, I may show them love, even when it is the hardest too.

...When others are happy, I may be able to experience their joy as well, and be truly happy with them.

...When others are sad, I may be a…

Do Not Be Afraid ; Be Courageous!

Last summer I picked up a job as a cashier in a store that is not located in the best area of the city. It is a good job to help me get through university, however. Now the store does not really have a dress code, just the normal, look presentable and nothing revealing. As such I do not take off my saint bracelet that I wear everyday around my wrist. During the winter or summer I am always wearing a sweater whenever I work, since my store is normally a little cool. However, at times when the temperature is fine, I sometimes find myself at an odds with my sleeves. Do I lift them up? Do I keep them down? Do I take off my sweater? Now the reason I have such a stupid debate with myself is because of my saint bracelet. Do I have it showing? Do I not? Will someone say something rude to me? Am I ready to take the criticism? Since this store is often visited by large bikers, gang members, and 'tough guys' I find myself sometimes at odds with my bracelet.  But then the line at the…

The Holy Eucharist

Regardless of where I am in the world, or the language the mass is said in, at every Mass I go to  during the words of the consecration and the elevation of both the host and chalice I always find a smile to be upon my face. Focusing all my attention on the Eucharist, I cannot help to smile and have a feeling of total peace and absolute joy. The God, who loves me so much is starring at me and I, a sinful person am able to stare in adoration right back at the loving God. Then, when I bow, I always repeat in my heart a faith-response from one of the apostles or people made in the Gospel. My favorite of these is the one exclaimed by St Thomas, " My Lord and My God" ( John 20:28). I repeat this phrase multiple times as I acknowledge and reverence the Lord present in the bread and wine.

     In our midst every single time we celebrate the mystery of the Eucharist, Christ comes and becomes fully present within the form of the bread and wine. The Christ, who walked the earth …

Prayer for Peace

Heavenly Father,  You are the God of Peace, the God of Love and Compassion.  You are the creator of us and this beautiful world that we live in. We thank you for creating us and placing us in this world to show our desire for you. We thank you also for the love you give us everyday and the strength you offer to those who love you in return.
Father, our world is stained with the sins of many. The places we live are faced with the sins of war, discrimination, trafficking, poverty, hate, selfishness, power and a desire for money over compassion. 
We humbly implore you God, to breath your peace and love into this world. Let your grace flood the hearts and minds of all people around the world to strive for a more merciful, just and equal world. May the gifts you offer to the world flourish in the lives of all your children and let the fruits of these gifts bring life to the world that so often experiences death. 
Help me this day, Father of Peace, to truly be an instrument of peace in my …

Ordinary Time

We began the liturgical year with the immense expectation for the word of God, our salvation, to become flesh, to be born into the world that he created. We then moved into the celebration of his birth and celebrated the fact that the divine has now become flesh to save us. We celebrated and relaxed until we became somber and were filled with repentance as we moved into lent.  We prepared ourselves for forty days to enter more deeply into the significance, the holiness and the importance of those special and salvific  days. We mourned with the disciples as our Lord had died, and we waited in silence as he laid in the tomb. Then we rejoiced when he rose from the tomb and celebrated this for fifty more days because Christ conquered sin and death and has given us life eternal. At the end of these fifty days the salvation of the world takes his place again in heaven and we are given the Holy Spirit to continue his mission.

    A lot happened in such a short time.

    We enter again i…

The Language of Jesus

Last summer I spent two weeks in Poland for World Youth Day. I first spent the first week prior to the main events in Lodz, which is directly north of Krawkow. Then of course the main events took place in Krakow, the "city of saints."I remember being struck by the mere fact that their was three million people gathered from around the world; all physically divided by language and cultures but yet gathered and unified under Christ.  It was the fact that regardless of any language division you could still meet and communicate to your  faith family from around the world. It was amazing to see the living fact that Christ transcended all linguistic and all other barriers that would have seperated these three million people.

    Today we celebrate the Feast of Pentecost. This is the day when Christ fulfilled his promise, which we have heard in the past couple of weekends gospels ,to send forth the advocate to be with us forever. We celebrate and recall our very own receiving …

The Silence Broken

I remember I was walking home from my bus stop on the Wednesday after holy week, and like the disciples on the road to emmaus, I was thinking about all the dramatic events that took place ( It so happened that story of the Road to Emmaus was the Gospel of that day.) As I walked down my street I noticed that I couldn't hear anything. I couldn't hear the numerous cars and busses at the end of the street, I couldn't hear the birds chirp, or even my own foot prints. Accepting the fact that I may have just gone deaf I continued to think about the greatness of last week.

     I began to think about the silence during holy week. The awkward silence as Jesus said one of them would betray him, or when he told Peter that he would deny him three times. I thought of the confused silence they had in the garden as they waited for the Lord to pray and the shocked silence  when the crowds condemned Jesus to crucificion. I thought of the silence while Jesus carried his cross, and tha…

The Graduates of the Ascension

Last June, I graduated high school and began university. After journeying through four years of high school and experiencing a lot of fun times and late nights working on projects and studying I was finally completed. Graduating was an end and a new beginning. It was a time when I said goodbye to the life I've live the past four years and said hello to the new form of life coming next. As I graduated I felt, as most graduates do, that I was ready to take on the world. That I was equipped to face the challenges that laid ahead of me in this new stage of life. The ceremonies only encouraged this ideology. We were the champions and after these four years of learning, we were ready for university; we were ready to be an adult, we were ready for a new form of life.  One year later, and I can (already) testify that this isn't fully the case.

     Today we celebrate the feast of the ascension of Christ. This is the day when Christs earthly mission has been fulfilled and he now …